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Spoon Show Review: Taste of Chicago

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Spoon, Houndmouth, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear July 11th, 2015 Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell Chicago, IL As I said last week, Taste of Chicago’s best gift to the city is its free live music. Spoon headlined the Saturday rock showcase from 93 XRT, the long-tenured Chicago FM station that has been bringing quality rock acts to Taste for 28 years. Spoon themselves have been at it for nearly 20 years, and all that time, delivering time and

Erykah Badu Show Review: Taste of Chicago

Erykah Badu: Taste of Chicago

Erykah Badu and Trombone Shorty July 9th, 2015 Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago is promoted as “the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community.” That may be how they or outsiders perceive the festival, but really it’s pretty far from the truth. It’s overcrowded, overpriced, and it features nowhere near to Chicago’s finest food. I mean, there is a Wingstop truck and a Spam truck. Let me say that

Antibalas Live Review

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Antibalas and Sonny Knight & the Lakers July 2nd, 2015 Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Chicago, IL   Chicago’s big free summer series to its residents is Downtown Sound, a concert series displaying all genres of popular music every Monday and Thursday in June and July in the heart of the city, at Jay Pritzker Pavilliion in Millennium Park. This summer’s draw included sincere singer/songwriters (Hayes Carl, Andrew Belle), ambitious composers (San Fermin, Active Child), punchy indie rockers (Matthew Sweet,

John Mulaney Show Review

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John Mulaney April 17th, 2015 Murat Room, Indianapolis, IN Much of the talk surrounding Chicago comedian John Mulaney over the past year has been about his much-maligned FOX sitcom Mulaney, a show that looked the revive the multi-cam glory days of Friends and Seinfeld but fell tremendously short in its first season and was cancelled despite an incredibly talented cast (including Martin Short, Nassim Pedrad, and Elliott Gould among others). However, what can’t be forgotten is Mulaney, still only 32

Matthew E. White Show Review

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Matthew E. White April 2nd, 2015 Schubas, Chicago, IL One of the best books I’ve read the last few years was David Byrne’s biography/how-to hybrid How Music Works. In it, Byrne talks about how much space, economics, and touring inform music and recording, which is something many listeners (at least this listener) don’t often think about. For example, a band might decide not to include a trumpet in a song because it would be hard to recreate live since you

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